Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian in West Bank
Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian who had been throwing incendiary bottles in the West Bank on Thursday night, Israel's army said. "Two suspects who threw incendiary bottles on the tunnel road endangering the lives of drivers were neutralised by soldiers," the Israeli army said in a statement. "One of them was arrested and the other, who was shot, succumbed to his injuries." The shooting took place on the tunnel road between the cities of Jerusalem and Hebron, near the Palestinian town of Beit Jala, in the south of the occupied West Bank. Clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians have increased in recent weeks in the West Bank, in particular during Palestinian protests against Israeli settlement.
Mandela's famous shirts, belongings up for auction
The family of late South African President Nelson Mandela is selling the anti-apartheid leader's personal belongings to help pay for a memorial garden being built in his honor. Among the roughly 100 items are the colorful patterned Madiba shirts he wore on formal occasions, including to meet Britain's Queen Elizabeth in 1998 and 2003. These shirts "brought joy to the great leader" and set him apart from other politicians, said Arlan Ettinger, president of New York-based auction house Guernsey's, which will host a live and online auction on Dec. 11. Gifts from former U.S. President Barack Obama and other heads of state, as well as Mandela's glasses, briefcases, and pants, are also on sale to fund the Nelson Mandela Freedom Garden in Qunu, South Africa where he is buried. He died in 2013 at age 95 at home in Johannesburg.
Former US president Bill Clinton in hospital
Former US president Bill Clinton was in hospital with an infection on Thursday, a spokesman for the 75-year-old said. Doctors said Clinton was responding well at the center in Irvine, California. The infection was not connected to the coronavirus. "On Tuesday evening, President Clinton was admitted to UCI Medical Center to receive treatment for a non-Covid-related infection," the former president's spokesman Angel Urena wrote on Twitter. "He is on the mend, in good spirits, and is incredibly thankful to the doctors, nurses and staff providing him with excellent care." CNN reported that a urinary tract infection had spread to Clinton's bloodstream. Clinton served as America's 42nd president, from 1993 to 2001.